The Sammus Theory – See (It) Through
Did you ever listen to the first track of an album and think to yourself, “How awesome it is?”, but then you keep listening and it turns into one big disappointment? You wonder how could they screw it up? Yeah that isn’t the case at all here and praise the rock gods for that one. The Sammus Theory’s album See (It) Through is pure heavy rock with sprinkled screams over melodic riffs and thumping bass lines. Many albums open with an “˜intro’ song and I wish The Sammus Theory went a step further and developed “The Epiphany” more. It’s less than a minute long but these guys were on track with something. Unfortunately, that same thought process didn’t flow precisely into the first full track “Counterfeit”, but as a separate entity this song is flooded with a thick bass that shines above the rest of the music, making for a dark groove filled rock anthem.
Whoever thinks you can’t dance to rock just isn’t listening hard enough. “Something Special” offers a splendid danceable rock beat with catchy riffs and an oh-so-easy to memorize chorus (which always makes for a grand live version sing-a-long). “56 Blank” is so dangerously aggressive with a full-on screaming chorus. The Sammus Theory let out their grimmer, heavier side without straying too far from their hard rock roots. A slow start gives way to turbulent waves of chaotic, power-driven beauty. The seas calm for the verses but when that chorus begins again, a tsunami crashes over the music. This is a truly awesome song to let out your inner rage to.
It’s hard to choose a favorite song, especially because “56 Blank” is so amazingly good but I have to go with “Inject.” It’s the perfect amount of heaviness, dancing between melodic guitars and pummeling chords. The Sammus Theory know how to let a song follow it’s own path, never tiring with the same sound beaten over and over again. What makes good “˜hard rock’ music is that a song can be diverse, quickening and slowing down with ease, and knowing that soft music intertwined makes for a much more enjoyable listening experience. Not only does “Inject” perfect this, but the entire album masters this formula without actually feeling like they plugged numbers into some equation. See (It) Through accentuates the subtleties of rock music while still throwing a fist of music in your face.
See (It) Through talks of inner struggles and tribulations. Touching upon pain and hardships we’ve all felt before. It’s an album that is easy to connect with, an album you could put on a few years from now and still enjoy it all the same. In simple terms, it’s “pure win.” The Sammus Theory deliver a solid album but let’s see if they can take their next musical journey one step further and break even more barriers. This is a band to watch out for.
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